What happens if you turn for key to START when it's already running?

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  1. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    I am wondering if anybody has done this to their car. Does it do anything?
     
  2. Ashapalan macrumors 6502a

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    Nasty Noise. But it's hard to hear because the engine is running. :)
    Good old learner days i thought i'd stalled on a roundabout :rolleyes:
     
  3. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    It files down the gears of your starter motor. Not something you want to do on purpose. :)
     
  4. stoid macrumors 601

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    AFAIK the car reverses the alternator and tries to start the running engine from the battery resulting in two things.
    1) A grinding noise that varies in loudness and ferocity based on the model of car.
    2) Possible mucking up of the works of your automobile. A few times probably won't hurt much, but I wouldn't make a habit of doing this to a vehicle you are fond of.
     
  5. Jay42 macrumors 65816

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    Don't do it for sure. As a general rule, I would say if it sounds bad, it probably is bad or doing damage in some way. It will grind the starter as has been said.
     
  6. macOSX-tastic macrumors 6502a

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    i did it once when i was first getting used to driving. it engages the starter motor and it doesnt sound healthy. and in my book that means never do it again.

    S:D
     
  7. heehee macrumors 68020

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    I once did that to my friend's TL. I didn't know it was on because the engine was so quiet. Like the others said, a grinding noise. It didn't sound good. :D :p
     
  8. iTwitch macrumors 6502a

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    It might be easier to ask who hasn't done it?
     
  9. adk macrumors 68000

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    I did it once. I thought I had stalled my car so I went to start it up and the sound of 1000 demons erupted from my hood. I let in the clutch and drove off, rather embarrassed.
     
  10. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816

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    I did it once and 1000 demons actually errupted from underneath the hood.





    I never did it again.
     

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